Coast Guard urges paddle craft labeling, owner responsibility

Coast Guard urges paddle craft labeling, owner responsibility
(U.S. Coast Guard illustration) SEATTLE — The Coast Guard and its Washington and Oregon boating safety agency partners urge the labeling of paddle craft and owner responsibility on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Reports of unmanned and adrift paddle craft divert federal, state and local response boat and air crews on hundreds of dangerous and costly searches that turn out to be false alarms....

Northeast Coast Guard searches on 31 unmanned, adrift paddlecraft over July 4 weekend

Northeast Coast Guard searches on 31 unmanned, adrift paddlecraft over July 4 weekend
Label your paddlecraft with contact information. You don’t need a sticker, just a permanent marker and some clear tape to protect the ink. Check to make sure it’s readable every time you go out. BOSTON — First Coast Guard District response crews, from Maine to the Jersey shore, responded to 31 separate reports of unmanned and adrift paddlecraft during July 4 weekend. Coast Guard Sector...

Coast Guard searching after unmanned kayak found on rocks near Merrimack River

Coast Guard searching after unmanned kayak found on rocks near Merrimack River
An unmanned, unlabeled kayak is on the north jetty at the entrance to the Merrimack River, in Massachusetts, Sunday, May 28, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. BOSTON — The Coast Guard and Salisbury Police Department launched a search Sunday morning for a possible missing kayaker after an unmanned, unlabeled kayak was found at about 6:30 a.m. on the north jetty at the entrance to the Merrimack River. A...

Coast Guard Partners with Local State Agencies to Urge Boating Safety

Coast Guard Partners with Local State Agencies to Urge Boating Safety
NEW YORK – Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound is partnering with law enforcement agencies from Connecticut and New York State to combat recreational boating fatalities this summer. On May 20, 2017, a new safe boating campaign was started to help to target at risk segments of the boating population. This new operation is entitled Operation Wild Water. Coast Guard teams comprised of active duty,...

Coast Guard focusing on paddle craft safety as 2017 priority

Coast Guard focusing on paddle craft safety as 2017 priority
BOSTON — The First Coast Guard District, spanning from Maine to Northern New Jersey, is promoting greater paddlecraft safety awareness during the 2017 boating season in the Northeast, where paddlecraft fatalities have skyrocketed. In 2016, the Northeast saw 28 paddler deaths, more than double the national average according to preliminary data. “Multiple factors affect boating statistics from...

Coast Guard officials urge Pacific Northwest mariners to secure vessels ahead of fall weather

Coast Guard officials urge Pacific Northwest mariners to secure vessels ahead of fall weather
An unmanned, adrift vessel floats in Puget Sound near the Tacoma Narrows, July 30, 2015. Coast Guard crews urge all mariners in the Pacific Northwest to properly secure their vessels and paddlecraft to prevent them from drifting into open water during high winds and storms. (Photo courtesy of John McKenzie) SEATTLE — Coast Guard officials are urging vessel and paddlecraft owners to properly secure...

Coast Guard re-emphasizes the value of Operation Paddle Smart Sticker

SEATTLE – A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Facility Newport, Ore., and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Depoe Bay, Ore., responded to a report of an unmanned canoe found adrift approximately three miles west of Beverly Beach, Ore., Wednesday. After searching for approximately two hours, the Coast Guard suspended the search. The canoe had no identifying markings on it that would...

American Canoe Association and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Promote Paddlesports Safety

ST. LOUIS – The American Canoe Association (ACA) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary announced signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to promote safety among those who use kayaks, canoes and other paddlecraft. The new agreement establishes cooperative efforts broadening outreach and education to the paddle sports community. Paddlesports boating is one of the fastest growing recreation activities...

Coast Guard launches “Paddles Up Great Lakes”

CLEVELAND –  The Ninth District Coast Guard District is launching “Paddles Up Great Lakes,” an educational outreach campaign aimed at raising safe boating awareness among the region’s paddlesports community.